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Formula 1 Qatar GP
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Qatar's long-term plans for a "World Cup every single year"

Qatar is preparing to host the football World Cup next year, but will be thrown into the sporting spotlight this weekend as Formula 1 prepares to race in the country. Ahead of a 10-year deal to hold a grand prix from 2023 onwards, it's a much-needed opportunity to highlight reforms in the country

Sunday will be an important landmark for Qatar as a nation.

While it may be race day for the Gulf state’s inaugural Formula 1 race, it will also be one year to the day until the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

From the moment you land in Qatar, it is obvious where all of the nation’s efforts are being charged right now. The capital, Doha, is undergoing extensive work to get the stadiums and infrastructure ready in time for the tournament. But while F1 may be taking a year off from Qatar in 2022 because of its focus on the World Cup, 2023 will mark the start of a new 10-year deal for the country, expanding the series’ presence in the Middle East to a fourth grand prix.

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